Guns on college campus bill passes Senate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas concealed handgun license holders could carry weapons into public college classrooms and dorms under a bill that has cleared the Texas Senate.

But in a last-minute change, the legislation exempts teaching hospitals run by institutions of higher education.

The bill passed 19-12 Wednesday and now heads to the Texas House. Supporters say the bill reinforces the constitutional right to bear arms and could prevent mass murders such as the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. Opponents say it would make campuses more dangerous.

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